Burns Night at school proves a great success for children’s charity

Some of the Hope for Children team enjoying the burns night including founder Dr Bob Parsons OBE and Hope chief executive Murielle Maupoint on his right
Some of the Hope for Children team enjoying the burns night including founder Dr Bob Parsons OBE and Hope chief executive Murielle Maupoint on his right
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Hope for Children has raised more than £4,000 through a fundraising Burns Night evening.

The Hemel Hempstead-based charity held the fun-filled evening featuring singing, dancing, haggis and kilts at Abbots Hill School on Saturday, January 24.

It was organised by Lynn Charnock and Mike and Jacky Atkins in aid of the charity’s East African projects and raised £4,300.

The Burns Night began with Dr Bob Parsons OBE, founder of Hope for Children, greeting guests with Scottish bagpipes adding to the atmosphere as they played in the background.

The evening then featured a host of Scottish traditions including the piping of the haggis, Scottish singing, and a Ceilidh.

Both an auction and a raffle were held.

Camelot Rugby Club’s honorary chairman Toni Massa acted as auctioneer and together the auction and raffle raised more than £2,000.

Hope’s new chief executive Murielle Maupoint said, “Burns Night 2015 was a spectacular event, and it was overwhelming to see the commitment and passion from our local supporters here in Dacorum.

“£4,300 is an incredible amount to be raised.

“We cannot begin to thank enough everyone who worked tirelessly to organise the event and those that attended.

“They are all true Hope heroes!”

Hope fundraising assistant Frankie Tyler said: “It was such a wonderful evening full of new Scottish experiences and enjoyable entertainment.

“We are so lucky to have such loyal supporters of Hope in our community and without them the event wouldn’t have been possible.

“So I would like to say a big thank you to the organisers Lynn Charnock and Mike and Jacky Atkins, but also to everyone who helped out on the night, all the guests, and all those who kindly donated auction and raffle prizes.

“This Burns Night has been organised in aid of Hope for almost as long as Hope has been around and it is thanks to all the dedicated people in our local community that such an incredible event continues to be a success and is enjoyed by so many.”